vCloud on Vblock: Findings From The Field

Well folks, there has been a lot going on for me recently as you can tell by the frequent postings, but this week was especially interesting for me.  I had a unique opportunity to work with a customer on doing some high level architecture of vCloud running on top of Vblock.  At the end of two grueling days of conversations ... Read More »

Sony’s Official Notification of Breach

Tonight I got this letter from Sony about the security breach.  Frankly, this comes WAY to late for many of us to “Be Vigilant” seeing as you denied any breach for days so now we are over a week into someone having your 77 Million User’s data.  Why did this take so long to be notified?  Why was data not ... Read More »

vCloud Catalogs, Networking, and External Dependencies

There is often some confusion by customers that I speak to about VMware vCloud about how and where the “Catalogs” function becomes useful as well as how we deal with external dependancies, specifically Active Directory.  Mainly the catalog question stems from the traditional thinking of vCenter “Templates” and what we know and love about them.  However in reality although you can ... Read More »

NASCAR, The Game 2011 – First Impressions

Well I wanted to post a quick note about the new NASCAR 2001 game that was released yesterday.  First impressions of the game play were not bad at all.  Good graphics smooth scrolling, controls using the PS3 analog stick were responsive.  However the first things I noticed being a NASCAR fan that stood out were that the car bodies are ... Read More »

VMware vCloud “In A Box” for Your Home Lab

Introduction: This outlines the configuration I personally used for installing setting up a lab based “vCloud in a box” for testing and understanding of all the vCloud components. This setup can be done almost 100% virtually with a single physical server hosting all the components.  Parts of the configuration are unsupported by VMware for production as well as on certain ... Read More »

Components For A vCloud Deployment

I often get asked during a vCloud Jumpstart or vCloud Accelerator delivery by both customers and other VMware Consultants…..What exactly do we need to stand up for a “Production” ready private cloud?  This got me thinking about all the considerations around what actually goes into the deployment beyond just vCenter, ESX, vCloud Director, etc.  I started to whiteboard this for a customer ... Read More »

VMware View iPad Client and PCoIP Gateway

One word…..AWESOME.  I have to say being a free app and having my wife’s iPad to test this with is just great.  The only tricky part for me was setting up the external interfaces for the PCoIP URL.  for some reason it only allows IP address instead of FQDN so for my setup in the Home Lab it becomes tricky ... Read More »

vCloud Request Manager Install and Configure Tips

  There has been a few posts out there on installing and setting up vCloud Request Manager.  I spent a good couple days last week doing my own install adding to my vCloud in a Box Lab so here is some of my notes from the installation as I performed it.  There is a couple videos on YouTube by the ... Read More »

vCenter Chargeback User Contexts

So there is always a question that comes up when we install vCenter Chargeback with vCloud director.  In most cases folks, ask the same question.  “Which interface do I use to access the tool”.  What they are referring to is the fact that there is the Web interface as well as the vCenter plugin interface available.  I did some poking ... Read More »

VCDX Defense Tips

Well folks, last week at Partner Exchange 2011 marked the final sessions of the VCDX3 version of the defenses.  We now move onto VCDX4 in 2011 for those of you who are looking into this highest level of VMware certification I wanted to provide a little input.  First off I was amazed in a vCloud design workshop when asked who ... Read More »

My Favorite WordPress Plugins [Updated]

So after almost a year now of using WordPress I thought it was time to write up a list of my favorite WordPress plugins that are also used on this site.  I have used many free ones, and recently have purchased others, but I think I have landed on the list I will continue to use for some time moving forward.  Many ... Read More »

VMware vCloud Director FAQ

I decided to start an ongoing list of the most common, yet in some cases basic vCloud Director FAQ.  I would love to get more questions as comments so I can keep this updated on a regular basis.  Please feel free to ask me anything and I will try to add them in here as they come.  Some of these ... Read More »

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